Earlier today, our Illinois semi truck accident attorneys read a report in the SouthTown Star detailing a recently filed semi truck accident lawsuit. The lawsuit arises out of a July 5 semi truck accident in which the collision of two semi trucks in East Hazel Crest resulted in one fatality. The wife of the deceased truck driver has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the other semi truck driver, as well as, the driver’s two trucking companies – CN Transportation Limited Inc. and CN Worldwide Distribution Services Inc. The suit charges the other driver and his trucking company with eight counts including: failing to drive at a speed that would have prevent an accident, failure to maintain proper of the truck, in addition to, failure to keep a proper lookout. The wrongful death lawsuit seeks more than $600,000 in damages.
Wrongful death is legally defined as the wrongful conduct of a person or entity that results in the death of another person. In this case, the semi truck driver that who caused the collision is held liable for wrongful death on the grounds that he operated his vehicle in a negligent way that caused a fatal accident. Unlike personal injury claims, wrongful death lawsuits or claims are generally filed by family members of beneficiaries of the deceased. In addition, there is a strict statute of limitations that must be adhered to by family members in order to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In the state of Illinois, depending on the case, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim for truck accidents is usually about 2 years.
When a family member of the deceased brings a wrongful death claim they may be able to be compensated for a variety of damages. These damages include compensatory and/or punitive damages. Compensatory damages are intended to repay a victim’s family for the various expenses incurred as a result of an untimely death — while punitive damages are intended to punish wrongdoers for their negligent behavior. Some common examples of damages include:
– Medical Expenses – Funeral Expenses – Lost Income – Lost Benefits (such as insurance)
– Pain and Suffering
– Loss of Companionship
Each year, our experienced Chicago accident attorneys handle hundreds of wrongful death cases that arise from all types of motor vehicle accidents – especially semi truck accidents. Recently, we obtained a $6.5 million settlement (a record $4.7 million wrongful death settlement in Kane County) on behalf of the family of a 32 year old woman who was killed as a result of an Illinois semi truck accident.
If you or a loved one has sustained severe harm, or even death, as the result of a semi truck accident – you may be able to seek compensation for damages incurred. Please contact an Illinois accident attorney to see what legal rights may be available to you.